Monday, May 31, 2010
Someone recently decides to try all Viet subs in Richmond; well, since she has more time to try new restaurants now, I can't say that's impossible. Before I returned to my busy school life, I decided to end my weekend with an easy and simple dinner.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Scroll down the wishlist on Urbanspoon, and ah, Takifugu looked pretty good to me.
Monday, May 24, 2010
We did not know that it was closed for today until we arrived. Since we're already in Downtown, EU suggested let's go to Banana Leaf on Denman Street instead. Hmmm...Malaysian cuisine sounds interesting to me and, I've read posts about it before, so yeah, why not.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Last weekend when we were strolling around Kitslano, I saw The Eatery, and that reminded EU of their loooonggggg menu. Since it coincidentally appeared on our wishlists, we decided to give it a try this weekend.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Okay, I admit I have cravings sometimes. I mean I have cravings for other food apart from Japanese food. Last week, when I was checking the Bakery List in Richmond from Urbanspoon, the pictures of Maple Castella came to my sight. Ohhhh, I was craving for its Pumpkin Bread for the whole night!
For my last two visits to Maple Castella, please visit the following links:
Maple Castella #1
Maple Castella #2
After having lunch today at about 2:10pm, EU and I decided to visit Maple Castella. Also given the fact that it's about 2pm, which is the time for the fresh bread loaves to come out from the ovens, we could not give ourselves a reason for not giving them a visit!
We only had a light lunch, so EU suggested to give their Pork Floss Bread a try. Since we've already tried the other two sweet bread loaves, so yea, why not?
Maple Castella Bakery
#1068-8700 McKim Way, Richmond BC
1:Yucks! 2:Improvement needed 3:So-So~ 4:Good 5:Very good 6:Heavenly
Ambiance: n/a (It's a bakery)
- Mon-Sat 9:30am-7pm (Except Thursdays) Sun 9:30am-6pm
Closed on Thursdays
- Chinese/Taiwanese bakery
- Baked fresh daily
- Popular to Chinese
- Hole-in-the-wall; location is pretty hard to find.
- Except the flavoured bread loaves, other plain white bread loaves avialable as well.
- Other Taiwanese buns available
- Parking available
- If you want to dig in right after you buy the bread, there's a food court upstairs ;)
- $8/loaf ($4/half loaf)
- Other flavours: Taro, Pumpkin
- According to EU, their flavoured bread loaves are a bit more expensive than other bakeries.
- The loaf above was the middle section of the bread. Before I tore the bread into pieces, it looked simple to me. I was thinking: where's the pork floss?
- After I gently tore a pieces of bread, I started to see some brown pork floss coming out.
- The pork floss here wasn't the one I have had before. The typical ones are dry, but this is kind of moist and crumbly.
- Judging by the photo above, some of you may think there's not much filling. However, the pork floss is layered between each piece of bread! Yes, I mean layers. You see some pork floss, then a thin layer of super-soft bread, and then pork floss again. I love how they put the ingredients like that :)
- The bread was topped with some cheese which gave the bread an extra savoury taste.
- The bread itself was as fluffy and as soft as usual.
Even though the Pork Floss Bread tasted well in general, EU and I still prefer the sweet ones, especially the Pumpkin Bread! We like the chunkier filling and the stronger taste in the Pumpkin Bread.
Seriously, I always see their bread as "unbeatable" bread; they are really good. Make sure you give them a visit when you visit Richmond. They will never disappoint you ;)
(FYI: If you're aiming for their bread loaves, make sure you arrive there at about 2pm or give them a call to reserve a loaf!)
Since my birthday was a monday, EU and I decided to start celebrating in the weekend. So, we ended up visiting different restaurants for lunches and dinners. Of course, some of my favourite restaurants were on our To-go list ;) One thing I didn't expect much was the cake. Yea, I know that sounds silly (because it's a birthday duh?), but honestly, I am not a dessert person (except for Chinese Red Bean/Green Bean Soup!).
Last sunday, I got home after dinner and, tried to calm down and get ready for my busy school work. Just when I thought everything was coming to an end, something appeared that had brought me back to the state of shock. Held by EU, smiling and saying "Happy Birthday!", it was just an ordinary paper box. Wait, I've seen that paper box somewhere before....Oh yes, it's from the well-known Ganache Patisserie.
1262 Homer StVancouver, BC
- Sun-Mon 11am-5pm Tue-Fri 11am-6pm Sat 11am-7pm
- Modern French pastries, chocolates, sweets, and cakes available
- One of the most well-known pastry shops in Vancouver
- Run by a Chinese pastry chef, Peter Fong
- Everything is hand-made at their Yaletown location
- Wedding cake services available
- Green tea mousse, mango-passionfruit gelée, lychees, and black sesame biscuit joconde
- It was nicely decorated with milk and white chocolates. EU and I decided to finish them before digging into the cake.
- The two layers of green tea mousse and black sesame biscuit joconde were clearly seen. I got really excited when EU was describing the cake; she KNOWS what I like ;)
- Just by looking at the black sesame biscuit joconde with those black sesame dots, I couldn't wait to give that a bite!
- The orange layer is the mango-passionfruit gelée, and the lychees are under it.
- I was surprised by the lychees because I seldom find a cake with lychees in it.
- Oh my, I just love the green tea mousse! It was very greentea-ish! Maybe some of you may find it a little bitter, but it tastes fine to me ;)
- I was also surprised by the black sesame biscuit joconde. At first, I thought it would be those heavy-tasting cake base; however, it turned out to be very light! I could taste the black sesame bits as well! I love it.
- The mango-passionfruit gelée was a bit sour in general, maybe because the other components were not too sweet, so its flavour stood out more.
- Overall, it is not a heavy cake. Most ingredients do not have a strong flavour, but is still able to satisfy your sweet tooth. Believe it or not, EU and I finished the ENTIRE CAKE! (Don't forget that we just finished dinner, haha :)
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 09, 2010
*(Ok, so this time it was ME who had forgotten to bring my camera! So all photos were from EU. Thanks loads!)
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Still, I wanted to find a similar restaurant like Banzai...with a "higher level". I discovered Matsuyama long time ago and have made regular visits when I want to grab some Japanese food.
This Sunday, while I had no idea where to go for dinner, EU suggested Matsuyama. Japanese food? Sushi? Sashimi? Ok I am here.
Matsuyama Japanese Restaurant
110-8500 Alexandra Rd, Richmond BC
1:Yucks! 2:Improvement needed 3:So-So~ 4:Good 5:Very good 6:Heavenly
- For lunch: Sun-Mon 11am-2:30pm
For dinner: Sun-Thurs: 5pm-12am Fri-Sat: 5pm-1am
- Run by Chinese
- Have 2-3 Japanese chefs in the sushi bar
- Dine in/Take out (Free delivery with $25 minimum)
- Parking available
- Popular to locals/Chinese
- Lunch combos, bento boxes, and combos available
- Late night menu after 9pm
- Special rolls available
- Large variety in menu
- Gets busy at night
- Slightly over-priced. With a comparatively higher price, they did not serve a bigger portion of Wakame Salad compare to other Japanese restaurants.
- Nothing to shout about as this was pre-made.
- They offer quite a lot of specialty rolls, ranging from $4.25-10.95.
- Crab salad and asparagus topped with smoked salmon
- The smoked salmon smelt really good, and it certainly tasted good as well.
- The asparagus was a bit tough.
- Overall, this roll was well-executed; all ingredients were wrapped tightly and the sushi rice had its proper vinegary flavour.
- Notice: They don't have 1/2 serving; you have to order 9pcs each time!
- Yes, the sashimi here is a bit pricier, but with its generous portion, I find it is quite worthy.
- EU and I both love the sourness in the saba! Does anyone know why saba sashimi always comes with a hint of sourness? For preservation?
- Oh, how I miss tuna sashimi! The last two times I had tuna was in Gyoza King and Sushi Oyama, but the tuna from both restaurants tasted mushy and bland; I was wondering whether it's not the season for good tuna sashimi :/ Ok, back to the tuna! The ones here were far from mushy; instead, they were fishy and chewy. I did have a good time enjoying these ;)
From its outlook, Matsuyama does look like a creepy restaurant as you cannot see through the windows from the outside. However, do give it a try! Maybe you will leave with something unexpected :)
Sunday, May 02, 2010
We then took the skytrain from Granville to Metrotown for another small-scale shopping spree. Haha. It's Saturday and I must have Japanese food AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK. EU suggested Sushi Oyama. On my wishlist? Check. Sushi & sashimi? Check. Is it far from Metrotown? Not really. Okay, let's go to Sushi Oyama then!